A tourist, having trouble sleeping decided to take an early morning walk at a Jersey City marina that went awry when the wooden surface he was standing on, pulled away from the dock and began to float away from the shore.
After bobbing in choppy waters in the busy shipping channels of New York harbor in the pre-dawn darkness for 2 hours, the man was rescued by FDNY nearly 2 nautical miles from where he set adrift.
The New York Post: Capt. Guzzo and firefighters from FDNY Marine Units 1 and 6 worked together to pluck the hapless castaway to safety about a quarter-mile from Governor’s Island — about two nautical miles away from where his unexpected voyage began.
Marine Unit 6’s boat — the William Feehan — angled alongside the raft to block the gusts, as members of Marine Unit 1, who were in a smaller boat, slipped in and rescued him.
Miraculously, the man was uninjured and was taken safely back to Jersey City.
posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee